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>> pelley: tonight, a foreign policy debut turns into an international incident. mitt romney criticizes the olympics. >> there are a few things that were disconcerting. >> are we ready? are we ready? >> pelley: jan crawford has reaction from across the pond to the great salt lake. dangerous storms move across america, and the drought is getting worse and fast. sharyl attkisson on the extreme weather. clarissa ward slips into forbidden territory to link up with the syrian rebels as u.s. warns of a massacre. and john blackstone on baby hugo's first visit with his dad whufs wounded in the colorado shooting. >> he cried a little bit which we were hoping for because we
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uponned kaleib to hear him cry. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. mitt romney was hoping his big, overseas trip to britain, israel, and poland would get plenty of attention, and it is, for all the wrong reasons. the trip was designed to establish his foreign policy credentials, but instead, on his very first stop, he found himself trying to dig out of a diplomatic blunder. in london, he offended the british over their handling of the olympics. chief political correspondent jan crawford is with the republican presidential candidate. jan, fill us in. >> reporter: well, scott, that blunder happened yesterday in an interview with nbc news when romney talked about problems in the run-up to london's olympics. >olympics. >> there were a few things that were disconcertificating, the stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs
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officials. that, only, is not something which is encouraging. >> reporter: romney's remarks became a full-blown controversy this morning when primedavid cameron, asked about disruptions in london's subway service, defended the game's organizers. >> we are holding an olympic games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the word, and of course it's easier if you hold an olympic games in the middle of nowhere. but, you know, i visited burma recently, and they have six main highways and no cars on them. this is a busy, bustling city, so inevitably you're going to have challenges. >> reporter: cameron was making the point it would be easier to run an olympics in a less-congested place but the british press jumped all over the "middle of nowhere" remark saying it had to be a dig at romney and the salt lake city games he ran in 2002. that sparked controversy back in the u.s. salt lake city mayor ralph becker took office at the supposed slam saying.
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saying... romney also ran into trouble in the interview when he seemed to question the commitment of the british people to the games. >> do they come together and celebrate the olympic moment, and that's something which we only find out once the games actually begin. >> reporter: the prime minister offered arb insurances-- romney shouldn't worry. >> i think we'll show the whole world, not just that we come together as the united kingdom, but also we're extremely good at welcoming people from across the world. i'm obviously make those point to mitt romney. i'm looking forward to our meeting. >> reporter: this afternoon, before 80,000 people waiting for the arrival of the olympic torch in london's hyde park, the mayor took the opportunity to give a personal introduction to the presidential candidate, though not the kind of greeting romney would want. >> i hear the guy called mitt romney wants to know whether we're ready. he wants to know whether we're ready. are we ready?
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( cheering ) are we ready? ( cheering ) yes, we are. >> reporter: now, this afternoon romney tried to calm the storm. he told reporters he was impressed by the vision and the preparation of the game's organizers and he expects a highly successful olympics. prime minister cameron also told reporters he recognized romney had run a successful olympics. and, scott, he said he appreciated romney's vote of confidence. >> pelley: next stop for governor romney is israel. jan, thank you very much. most of you probably didn't need the government to tell you that the drought is getting worse. but the report we got today was an eye-opener. have a look. this is where the drought was last week. now look at the map the government sent us today. the amount of the country experiencing extreme or exceptional drought conditions in red has grown from 13% to 20% in just one week. bad news for the tank he uses
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for watering cattle has gone bone dry. we sent sharyl attkisson into the pale, dry skies of indiana. >> reporter: david eby has been in the processing business for almost 40 years. >> typically, we have 16 or so airplanes in there to help us. this year we've been doing everything ourselves with our five airplanes. >> reporter: just five airplanes. >> yeah. >> reporter: the corn in this part of indiana is three feet shorter than it should be, so there's less need for crop dusting. 64 counties of the state have been declared drought disaster areas. >> for the farmer to recover from a year like this, with the lost income, it takes a long time to rebuild that income base so they can support other operations, like ourselves. >> reporter: today's report says 63% of the u.s. is in some stage of drought. temperatures have been so high and rainfall so low, dry air is pulling moisture out of the soil. 90% of the topped soil in eight states across the country's
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midsection is short or very short of moisture. more than 1300 counties and 31 states are drought disaster areas. >> what we need to eradicate this drought or at least loosen its grip is a very large pattern change, and that's not likely to occur in the summer months. so we're going to have to wait until the fall and maybe even into the winter before some substantial precipitation starts falling in these drought areas. >> reporter: it will be an you'reating wait for david eby. he expects to lose half his crop dusting business this year. they got a half inch of rain right here today but farmers say it's too late for this season's corp. but, scott, they say the soybeans might still have a chance. >> pelley: hoping for better weather, sharyl. thank you very much. dangerous weather hit the northeast late this afternoon. a line of storms brought rain, lightning, and hail to pennsylvania and new york state. there are reports of a tornado
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and minor injuries near elmira, illinois. elmira, new york. the u.s. state department wander today that the syrian dictatorship is preparing a massacre in syria's largest city. this was the picture that struck us today-- five-year-old mohammad amumrej wounded during the syrian army shelling of aleppo. it is a city of more than three million people, the size of los angeles, but residents are pouring out of town. it was a year and a half ago that a popular uprising rebelled against the 42-year-old dictatorship of the assad family. rebels are holding some pockets of syria tonight, and we have a report from one of them. the dictatorship bars reporters from the region, but our clarissa ward slipped into syria, past the army, and into the hills in the north where she met the rebels. this is a rare report that the dictatorship does not want you to see.
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>> reporter: one village at a time using light weapons and homemade bombs, these fighters, have accomplished something very significant-- they have pushed government forces back and cashed outap area of rebel control in the hills of jebel azawya. their leader, abu issa, is an islamic scholar. for security reasons, he asked that we not show any part of his command center outside of this room. "thanks to god," he said, "we currently have between 6,000 and 7,000 fighters." from this stronghold they have spread out to towns and villages across the country. it has not been easy. the stark landscape is pockmarked with the scars of heavy fighting. but there are no syrian army troops left in this area. to opposition members it is known as free syria. the men fought inch by inch to hold this territory using
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rocket-propelled grenades to stop heavily armored investigation but holding territory is no longer enough. now, they want to take their battle forward. the commander told us he has sent 1500 fighters north to aleppo, the area's largest city and the engine of its economy, where a key battle is under way between rebel and government forces. "the regime tried to send its army to aleppo but less than a third managed to reach it" he said. yet yesterday alone we destroyed more than 30 armored vehicles." since the beginning of the uprising, the government has cast the rebels as religious extremists and terrorists, a charge that abu issa, a devout muslim who studied in saudi arabia, denies. "our only ambition is to create a state of justice and rights," he said. there are reports that al qaeda has been fighting with the rebels. do you think those are true? "no, no," he told us.
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"the revolution is for all the syrian people. we don't allow anyone to undermine it. islamist or not." >> reporter: the regime has better weapons, more soldiers, more money. what do you have that the regime does not? "we have faith and perseverance" he said, "to rid ourselveses from this slavery that has been imposed on us for over 40 years. that is enough." >> pelley: clarissa ward is joining us from inside syria. clarissa, you were in that same region a few months ago. tell me, how is it different now? >> reporter: there are some major differences, scott. rebels now control large plots of territory in the north of the country. they also have control over many of the back roads. they're moving quite freely in certain areas. but there are also some differences in favor of the regime as well. the city of idlib, that we were inside in february, that we lived in for a week, it is now completely inaccessible to rebels, and many of the main arteries, the main highways
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between major cities are also totally inaccessible to rebels. >> pelley: clarissa, what about the civilians? what are you seeing in terms of the people of syria? >> reporter: well, scott, what really struck me was just how few civilians you actually see. people are almost frightened to leave their homes. stores are shuttered. the streets are empty. and in terms of the very real human cost of this uprising and the ensuing violence, one man told me something that really stuck with me. he said, "you know, it's terrible to say but we've almost gone cold inside because all of us now have lost someone who we love." >> pelley: you can't transmit very long without giving away your position so we'll cut this off now. clarissa, thanks very much. we're going to turn now to colorado, where one by one, the 12 who died in the movie massacre are being laid to rest. today, the body of navy petty officer third class john larimer was returned home to crystal lake, illinois.
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ular mir, an intelligence officer, was 27 years old, the youngest of five sib lings. his girlfriend says he pushed her to the floor of the theater to protect her from the bullets. the police in aurora, colorado are, not giving an official count of the number of wounded in the shooting, but we called all of the hospitals, and they tell us that 43 people were treated for gunshots, 14 are still in the hospital tonight, five in critical condition. one of them is caleb medley who became a father while in the hospital. a little later in the broadcast, we'll introduce you to his wife who also survived the shooting and to their new son. we have an update tonight on that package that the shooting suspect allegedly mailed to the university of colorado medical campus where he had been a student. the school has added some information to that. it says that the package was delivered by the post office this past monday. that's three days after the
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shooting. the package was turned over to the authorities the same day. correspondent john miller's sources are telling him that james holmes wrote about the shooting, and included a crude drawing of a gunman and his victims. facebook's first earnings report is a big nope. ford recalls s.u.v.s because the gas pedal can stick. and a daredevil takes the plunge from more than 18 miles up when the cbs evening news continues.
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>> pelley: facebook, which was touted as the future of the internet, reported today that it lost money in the second quarter of this year. on that news, the stock dropped 10% in after-market trading. facebook shares have lost more than a third of their value since the company went public in may. so what happened to facebook? we asked bill whitaker to look into it. >> reporter: melissa porter is marketing director for grocery outlet bargain market, a discount chain with 174 stores across the country. a facebook user herself, she sees its potential to reach millions of customers. >> 51% of the people in the country have a facebook account.
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and we think for our demographic, our customer demographic, that a lot of them have a fab account and we've seen it. >> reporter: but the market chain couldn't figure out how to make advertising on the world's largest social network pay off. >> it wasn't easy to figure out on our own. >> reporter: porter's problem is facebook's problem with more than 900 million users sharing personal information, their likes and dislikes, facebook seems like an advertiser's dream. like its initial public offering that landed with a thud in may, facebook's advertising prowess also seems to be a good dose of hype mixed in with reality. g.m. pulled its ads all facebook when it saw no evidence the ads sold cars. the social network has struggled to increase profit from its mobile site where ad opportunities are limited. >> this advertising doesn't work as well on facebook as well as originally imagined. >> reporter: karsten weide is with the market research firm
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international data corporation. >> if you compare advertising campaigns on facebook, with google, for instance, google's advertising campaigns are much more effective than the ones on facebook. >> reporter: so google can charge advertisers six times more than facebook. still, facebook's ad revenue grew by 28% this spring. the fate of facebook hinges on whether the users will keep coming back. then there's the cool factor says cnet paul sloan. >> it's the place where their grandparents are, and when that happens it becomes a place where youth don't want to be. >> reporter: facebook might take heart from melissa porter. her last attempt, a sweepstake on facebook, brought customers to her stores. bill whitaker, cbs news, los angeles. >> pelley: if you lost money on facebook, you might make some of it back saving on a homer. we got new interest rate data today, and the rates have never been lower. you can get a 30-year fixed rate mortgage for 3.49%, and a 15-year fixed mortgage for 2.8%.
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>> pelley: among those in the theater during the colorado massacre were caleb medley ask his wife, katie. caleb suffered a serious brain injury, but this week, katie gave birth to a healthy boy, and today john blackstone visited with mother and child. >> reporter: hugo medley, just two days old, is being called the miracle baby of the theater shooting. he's a source of hope for his moth, katie. now, you were telling me he looks like his dad. >> he really does. he looks just like his dad. >> reporter: his father, caleb, was shot in the eye. there you are, you're nine months pregnant and caleb was wounded in the theater. >> yeah, it was awful. for a couple of hours that night i really thought he was dead and i was going to be a single parent and i was going to bury my husband. so i know he's hurt really bad, but the fact that he's alive was a lot, was a lot, because i thought he was dead. >> reporter: hugo was born tuesday in the same hospital where caleb remains heavily sedated in intensive care. you were in labor. he was in surgery. >> he was in surgery. he was having brain surgery
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while i was in labor. it's crazy. >> reporter: and so, soon after he was born, you were able to go down to the icu? >> yeah, we were there in a matter of hours. they let us put him with caleb and everything, which was really nice. >> reporter: how was hugo while he was visiting caleb? >> he cried a little bit which we were hoping for because we wanted caleb to hear him cry, but other than that, he just laid there. he's such a content baby. i don't know where he gets that from, either. >> reporter: how are you staying so strong? >> i don't know. i think because i was at that point where i thought my husband was dead, that coming back from that is what gives me strength, that he's alive and the fact that he's fighting so hard to get to us is what's making me strong. >> reporter: the randomness of who got wounded there, i'm sure he'd rather have it be him than you. >> i think that. you know, it's just crazy that it happened to him. i mean, there were so many
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people in that theater and it's like how did he end up as one, you know? he's such a good person, and people love him so much. i don't know why it had to be him, but... he's really strong, and he's going to make it through this and we're going to make it through this. >> reporter: caleb doesn't have health insurance. a web site set up to help the family has raised more than $300,000. >> i'm so amazed by so many people who are doing this for us and i don't know how to thank them. >> reporter: you're thanking them. >> this is, you know, who they're helping. and i'm just so thankful. we're just so blessed. i just don't even know what to say. we're just very blessed. >> reporter: katie and baby hugo are no longer patients, but the hospital is letting them stay so they can be close to caleb. >> you're okay, huh? >> reporter: john blackstone, cbs news taurora, colorado. >> pelley: that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
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